Spotlight Artist: Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery

A recent series of nonobjective works are hanging at the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street, Nantucket. These paintings are not my usual sketchy and colorful landscapes, but they are full of joy and movement. It’s nice to share a new part of myself with the world. I’m anxious to use the…

Memory Albums: Treasured Keepsakes & Gifts

It’s amazing how one little creative act opens up endless possibilities to come—how creativity ignites a chain reaction of ideas and projects. These albums are fruits of that chain and were inspired by mail flip books created for some pen friends. The “Isle of Bute” book was made with a Traveler’s Notebook insert. The other two…

Going Postal: Letters From Nantucket

In January of 2015 I decided to open a new creative door and join the snail mail revolution on Instagram with my account @LettersFromNantucket.  Inspired by the creative force of likeminded folk all over the world, I began making beautiful mail parcels. Documenting my creations in photo and using key hashtags (#snailmailrevolution #mailart #penpals) I created…

Fresh Work

The pressure of summer and the opening of the new Visual Arts Center (yahoo to raising, renovating, and opening Nantucket’s first in less than two years… hence my prominent absence from my personal web page), has left little time to create. So, I’ve turned back to my watercolors and to my inks and have been…

Weekly Reads

Here is the quick update: New job as Director of Development here. Like any good endeavor, I’m in deep. But I’m swimming in the deep and loving it. I’ve go much in the works to share with you (how to leave your job and leave it well; package your asks; leverage your social media), but…

What’s the Point of Creativity?

“Philanthropy means, literally, love of humanity. You don’t have to give a million dollars to charity to be a philanthropist. You simply have to actively demonstrate your love of humanity. Your empathy. If the purpose of our creativity is philanthropy — if it is love for our fellow man, an appreciation that people struggle in…

Change is Hard

Change is Hard: Create Your A-Team – Guest Post from the Nantucket Historical Association’s Michelle Soverino Posted by Kristen Gastaldo to Altru on July 1, 2013 Before going live with Altru the Nantucket Historical Association input and stored all of its data in two places: one database that served all its development needs—with a few…

Data Champ

Today was a good day. I’ve been named an Altru Champ in the software’s online community! Nantucket Historical Association’s Michelle Soverino: Featured Member, Blogger, and Champion! Posted by Kristen Gastaldo to Altru on June 25, 2013 When we created the Altru community, the idea was (mainly) two-fold. We wanted our customers to have a place…

Second Place

The New England Museum Association announced the winners of their annual publication awards in their latest newsletter this morning. I am super pleased to share that my 2013 NHA Calendar came in 2nd place for the supplementary materials category. I haven’t been part of the competition since my tenure at the Egan Maritime Institute. It’s…

Data Geek

Member Monday: Meet Michelle Soverino  Michelle Soverino is today’s featured member! She’s the head of NHA’s Altru Power User team, so she’s got some great advice on how to get buy in from your entire staff … including humor. Get to know her below: Title: Membership & Development Coordinator Location: Nantucket, MA Length of Employment w….

A Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. My entire professional career (five years in the field and two collegiate internships) has been shaped in the glorious arena of fundraising. From the start of my first internship, I was hooked. I adore working with donors, supporting missions, and strategically planning fundraising initiatives. My…

Cultivate Your Expertise

“If you want to be really good at something, it’s going to involve relentlessly pushing past your comfort zone, along with frustration, struggle, setbacks and failures.” After another great read thanks to LinkedIn, I happily spent a few moments of my morning contemplating professional expertise, baptisms by fire (the theme of all my jobs), and…